Margaret

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1.2m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Margaret

"Margaret" is a name of English origin, and it means "Pearl". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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From the name of a legendary third century saint, from Old French Margaret (French Marguerite), from Latin Margarita, from Ancient Greek μαργαρίτης (margarítēs, “pearl”). The same source, through folk etymology, has produced Old English meregrot (“pearl”, literally “stone or pebble of the sea”), related to Old Saxon merigrita, merigriota (“pearl”), Old High German merigrioz, equivalent to mer- +‎ groat.

  1. A female given name.
  2. A river of southwestern Western Australia, presumed named for a cousin of John Garrett Bussell, founder of Busselton.
  3. A river of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, named for its European discoverer's sister-in-law.
  4. (astronomy) A moon of Uranus, named for a character in Much Ado About Nothing. [Discovered 2003]

Margaret was also found in the following language(s): Estonian and Norwegian

Notable Persons Named Margaret

Maisie Williams is an actress. She was most prominent from 2011 to present. Maisie was given the name Margaret Constance Williams on April 15th, 1997 in Bristol, England.

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Maggie Q is an actress and model. She has had major accomplishments since 1998. Maggie was given the name Margaret Denise Quigley on May 22nd, 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

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Dame Maggie Smith is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1952 to present. Dame was given the name Margaret Natalie Smith on December 28th, 1934 in Romford, Essex, England.

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Meg Ryan is an actress. She has been prominent since 1981. Meg was given the name Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra on November 19th, 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut, U.S.

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Margaret was given the name Sarah Margaret Qualley on October 23rd, 1994.

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Margaret Atwood is a historical fiction, speculative fiction, science fiction, utopian, and dystopian fiction novelist, poet, businesswoman, environmental activist, and environmentalism. Her ongoing career started in 1961. Margaret was given the name Margaret Eleanor Atwood on November 18th, 1939 in Ottawa.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Margaret

Princess Margaret was royalty. She holds the title Countess of Snowdon([[#Titles, styles, and Earl of Snowdon. Princess was born as the child of George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on August 21st, 1930 in Glamis Castle, Scotland, UK. She passed away on February 9th, 2002.

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Saint Margaret was royalty. She was most active from 1070 to 1093. Saint was born as the child of Edward the Exile, Agatha, and wife of Edward the Exile in Kingdom of Hungary. She died on November 16th, 1093.

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Margaret was royalty. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1286 to 1290. Margaret was born as the child of Eric II of Norway, Margaret of Scotland, and Queen of Norway on April 9th, 1283 in Tønsberg. She left this life on September 26th, 1290.

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Duchess was given the name Ethel Margaret Whigham on December 1st, 1912 in Newton Mearns. She passed away on July 25th, 1993.

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Princess Louise Margaret was royalty. She holds the title Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn. Princess was born as the child of Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia (1828–1885) and Princess Maria Anna of Anhalt-Dessau on July 25th, 1860 in Potsdam. She left this life on March 14th, 1917.

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Duchess of Norfolk Margaret was a noble. She died on March 24th, 1399.

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How popular is the baby name Margaret in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 1,578 1,578 0 #6 girl name
1881 1,667 1,658 9 #5 girl name
1882 1,828 1,821 7 #6 girl name
1883 1,894 1,881 13 #6 girl name
1884 2,152 2,142 10 #6 girl name
1885 2,215 2,204 11 #5 girl name
1886 2,283 2,275 8 #6 girl name
1887 2,432 2,419 13 #5 girl name
1888 2,914 2,904 10 #5 girl name
1889 2,930 2,917 13 #4 girl name
1890 3,115 3,100 15 #4 girl name
1891 3,077 3,065 12 #3 girl name
1892 3,447 3,435 12 #4 girl name
1893 3,579 3,565 14 #4 girl name
1894 3,716 3,701 15 #3 girl name
1895 3,940 3,931 9 #4 girl name
1896 4,059 4,051 8 #4 girl name
1897 4,155 4,146 9 #4 girl name
1898 4,712 4,696 16 #4 girl name
1899 4,262 4,249 13 #4 girl name
1900 5,320 5,304 16 #4 girl name
1901 4,445 4,424 21 #4 girl name
1902 5,033 5,011 22 #4 girl name
1903 5,069 5,046 23 #4 girl name
1904 5,322 5,302 20 #4 girl name
1905 5,703 5,690 13 #3 girl name
1906 6,112 6,096 16 #3 girl name
1907 6,746 6,713 33 #3 girl name
1908 7,000 6,976 24 #3 girl name
1909 7,389 7,359 30 #3 girl name
1910 8,257 8,226 31 #3 girl name
1911 9,307 9,279 28 #3 girl name
1912 12,581 12,535 46 #4 girl name
1913 14,524 14,486 38 #4 girl name
1914 17,809 17,763 46 #4 girl name
1915 23,108 23,055 53 #4 girl name
1916 25,006 24,952 54 #4 girl name
1917 25,618 25,560 58 #4 girl name
1918 27,201 27,140 61 #4 girl name
1919 26,295 26,237 58 #4 girl name
1920 28,047 27,997 50 #4 girl name
1921 28,518 28,465 53 #4 girl name
1922 26,897 26,863 34 #4 girl name
1923 26,185 26,133 52 #4 girl name
1924 26,639 26,551 88 #5 girl name
1925 24,543 24,463 80 #5 girl name
1926 23,164 23,073 91 #5 girl name
1927 22,048 21,961 87 #5 girl name
1928 20,380 20,293 87 #5 girl name
1929 19,283 19,207 76 #5 girl name
1930 18,421 18,351 70 #5 girl name
1931 17,407 17,332 75 #7 girl name
1932 16,633 16,545 88 #7 girl name
1933 15,300 15,241 59 #7 girl name
1934 15,212 15,148 64 #8 girl name
1935 14,792 14,720 72 #8 girl name
1936 14,674 14,593 81 #9 girl name
1937 15,213 15,145 68 #10 girl name
1938 15,395 15,330 65 #9 girl name
1939 15,017 14,951 66 #10 girl name
1940 15,124 15,058 66 #11 girl name
1941 15,746 15,696 50 #12 girl name
1942 16,615 16,551 64 #14 girl name
1943 17,210 17,149 61 #14 girl name
1944 16,358 16,318 40 #14 girl name
1945 15,719 15,682 37 #15 girl name
1946 18,174 18,132 42 #17 girl name
1947 20,150 20,102 48 #16 girl name
1948 18,911 18,871 40 #13 girl name
1949 19,493 19,452 41 #14 girl name
1950 18,141 18,109 32 #15 girl name
1951 17,731 17,695 36 #17 girl name
1952 17,112 17,086 26 #21 girl name
1953 16,239 16,205 34 #20 girl name
1954 15,254 15,227 27 #21 girl name
1955 14,468 14,432 36 #24 girl name
1956 13,944 13,916 28 #25 girl name
1957 13,055 13,012 43 #29 girl name
1958 12,344 12,314 30 #31 girl name
1959 11,596 11,572 24 #36 girl name
1960 11,398 11,369 29 #36 girl name
1961 10,582 10,544 38 #40 girl name
1962 10,117 10,077 40 #43 girl name
1963 9,325 9,306 19 #46 girl name
1964 9,130 9,110 20 #49 girl name
1965 7,816 7,792 24 #52 girl name
1966 6,987 6,961 26 #54 girl name
1967 6,254 6,227 27 #58 girl name
1968 5,454 5,437 17 #63 girl name
1969 5,065 5,045 20 #73 girl name
1970 4,723 4,705 18 #80 girl name
1971 4,013 4,001 12 #86 girl name
1972 3,302 3,286 16 #95 girl name
1973 3,181 3,168 13 #94 girl name
1974 3,100 3,090 10 #95 girl name
1975 2,963 2,950 13 #98 girl name
1976 2,674 2,668 6
1977 2,636 2,624 12
1978 2,645 2,634 11
1979 2,839 2,830 9
1980 2,878 2,861 17
1981 2,804 2,791 13
1982 3,012 2,998 14 #97 girl name
1983 2,959 2,942 17 #92 girl name
1984 3,056 3,041 15 #92 girl name
1985 3,085 3,069 16 #90 girl name
1986 3,091 3,081 10 #89 girl name
1987 3,155 3,144 11 #90 girl name
1988 3,151 3,138 13 #93 girl name
1989 3,319 3,285 34 #97 girl name
1990 3,387 3,370 17
1991 3,204 3,194 10
1992 3,249 3,241 8
1993 3,167 3,167 0
1994 3,111 3,104 7
1995 3,232 3,221 11
1996 3,110 3,104 6
1997 2,965 2,965 0
1998 2,969 2,962 7
1999 2,958 2,958 0
2000 3,120 3,120 0
2001 2,895 2,895 0
2002 2,674 2,674 0
2003 2,628 2,623 5
2004 2,442 2,435 7
2005 2,311 2,311 0
2006 2,188 2,188 0
2007 2,025 2,025 0
2008 1,862 1,862 0
2009 1,762 1,762 0
2010 1,698 1,698 0
2011 1,699 1,699 0
2012 1,782 1,776 6
2013 1,773 1,773 0
2014 1,949 1,949 0
2015 2,103 2,103 0
2016 2,202 2,202 0

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Popularity of Margaret as a first name

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Popularity of Margaret as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Margaret U.S.
  White 76.72% 64.26%
  African American 13.23% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.17% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.88% 16.26%

Of Last Name Margaret

People with the last name Margaret are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Margaret

  • How Popular is the name Margaret? Margaret is the 29th most popular name of all time. As a last name Margaret was the 96,368th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Margaret have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,248,131 babies born with the first name Margaret in the United States. That's more than enough people named Margaret to occupy the country of Bahrain with an estimated population of 1,234,571 (as of April 27, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Margaret? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 1,578 new born babies.
  • When was Margaret first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Margaret is Monday, October 2nd, 1826.
  • What year had the most people named Margaret born? The highest recorded use of the first name Margaret was in 1921 with a total of 28,465 babies. That's a lot of babies named Margaret!
  • Random Margaret Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Margaret ranks 65th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Maine. Imagine that, 18 babies in Maine have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Margaret: Your name in reverse order is Teragram. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rgtarame. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Margaret? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 189 people with the last name Margaret.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Margaret? Margaret is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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